Bird Sightings 2018

10 to 16 June 2018

10 to 16 June 2018

The Corncrake was again heard calling at Earsham Marshes, 10 June. An immature Glossy Ibis landed briefly at Carlton Marshes, 10 June before flying off east.

A Spotted Flycatcher was recorded at Beccles Common, 10 June and two Yellow Wagtails and a Cetti’s Warbler at Carlton Marshes, 16 June. Cuckoos were noted at Oulton Marshes, 15 June and Gillingham Marshes, 16 June and Grasshopper Warblers at Oulton Marshes, 15 June and Carlton Marshes, 16 June.

A Peregrine was seen at Flixton (near Bungay), 16 June. Red Kites were noted at Carlton Marshes and North Cove, 15 June and Flixton (near Bungay), 16 June; Hobbies at Somerleyton, 11 June, Beccles Common, 13 June and Carlton Marshes (two) and Flixton (near Bungay), 16 June and Barn Owls at Beccles Marshes, Earsham, 10 June, Carlton Marshes, 11 June and Oulton Marshes, 15 June.

Redshanks were recorded at Oulton Marshes (five) and Carlton Marshes, 16 June.

Finally, an unseasonable Brent Goose was present at Carlton Marshes, 16 June.

 

3 to 9 June 2018

3 to 9 June 2018

A Corncrake was heard calling on the marshes at Bungay and Earsham, 6 to 9 June.

A Honey Buzzard flew over Carlton Marshes, 7 June. A Peregrine was seen at Oulton Marshes, 3 June and a Red Kite at Belton, 8 June. Hobbies were reported from Carlton Marshes (two), 3 June, Beccles Common, 4 June and Lopham Fen (four), 6 June and Barn Owls from Carlton Marshes, 3 June, Oulton Marshes, 6 June and Earsham Marshes, 7 June. An escaped Harris’ Hawk was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 3 June.

Two Spotted Flycatchers were noted at Beccles Common, 4 June and a Grasshopper Warbler at Oulton Marshes, 6 June Cuckoos were recorded at Worlingham Marshes, 3 June, Beccles Marshes, 4 June and Lopham Fen, Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 6 June and Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (two), Oulton Marshes and Worlingham Marshes, 3 June.

Redshanks were seen at Carlton Marshes (five) and Oulton Marshes, 3 June. Other notable sightings at Carlton Marshes included a Little Egret on 3 June and two escaped Bar-headed Geese that flew north over the reserve on 9 June.

 

27 May to 2 June 2018

27 May to 2 June 2018

A Honey Buzzard flew north over Bungay late morning on 30 May and an Osprey flew west along Oulton Dyke, 2 June. Hobbies were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 27 May and Redgrave Fen (three), 29 May and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes, 27 May, Earsham, 29 May and Lopham Fen, 30 May. An escaped Black Kite was seen at Beccles, 2 June.

A Great White Egret was present at Oulton Marshes, 27 May.

A Wheatear was seen at Oulton Marshes, 28 May, while at nearby Carlton Marshes two Yellow Wagtails were recorded on 27 May and two Grasshopper Warblers the following day. Cuckoos were noted at Lopham Fen (two) and Beccles Marshes, 27 May, Carlton Marshes, 28 May and Oulton, 31 May, Spotted Flycatchers at Beccles Common (two), 28 May and Ditchingham, 30 May and Kingfishers at Beccles Marshes and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 28 May.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Common Sandpiper, 27 May and a Dunlin, 2 June.

Photo of Honey Buzzard © DepositPhoto/pilipenkoD

20 to 26 May 2018

20 to 26 May 2018

Single Ospreys flew north over Carlton Marshes on 21 and 25 May. Red Kites were noted at Carlton Colville, 20 May and Oulton, 21 May, Hobbies at Barnby, 21 May and Carlton Marshes (two), 26 May and a Barn Owl at Carlton Marshes, 21 May.

Two Yellow Wagtails were seen at Carlton Marshes, 24 May. Grasshopper Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (three) and Lopham Fen, 26 May; Cetti’s Warblers at North Cove Marshes, 20 May and Carlton Marshes (two), 22 May and Cuckoos at North Cove Marshes, 20 May, Redgrave Fen and Worlingham Marshes, 21 May, Beccles Marshes, 22 May and Carlton Marshes (three), Lopham Fen and Somerleyton, 26 May.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Black-tailed Godwit and a Ringed Plover, 24 May, a Redshank, 25 May and a Common Sandpiper, 26 May, while two Redshanks were noted at Worlingham Marshes, 21 May.

Finally, Little Egrets were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes (two), 23 May and Carlton Marshes, 25 May.

 

13 to 19 May 2018

13 to 19 May 2018

The long-staying American Bittern at Carlton Marshes was last seen on 16 May. A flock of seven Cranes circled over St Olaves on the 19th and then continued south-east along the valley and over Carlton Marshes at 12.30pm.They subsequently flew back west over Carlton Marshes later in the afternoon. A Little Egret was noted at Carlton Marshes, 15 May.

An Osprey flew east over Carlton Marshes, 13 May and a Peregrine was seen at the same site the following day. Red Kites were reported from Lopham Fen, 13 May, Carlton Marshes, 15 and 19 May, Barnby, 17 May and North Cove, 19 May, Hobbies from Lopham Fen, 13 May and Carlton Marshes (three) and Ashby, 15 May and Barn Owls from Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 13 May.

Cuckoos were noted at Carlton Marshes (two) and Oulton Marshes, 13 May and Beccles Marshes and Worlingham Marshes, 15 May and Grasshopper Warblers at Carlton Marshes (two) and Oulton Marshes, 13 May. Four Yellow Wagtails and three Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 15 May.

A pair of Mandarin Ducks was noted at Fritton Lake, 17 May and two Mediterranean Gulls at Carlton Marshes, 18 May.

Finally, waders at Carlton Marshes included eight Redshanks, 13 May and a Black-tailed Godwit, 15 May.

 

6 to 12 May 2018

6 to 12 May 2018

The long-staying American Bittern remained at Carlton Marshes throughout the week. Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 6 May and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 7 May.

A male Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes, 12 May and a pair of Mandarin Ducks at Fritton Lake, 10 May.

A Wheatear was seen at Carlton Marshes, 9 May and the first Turtle Dove (Weybread GP, 12 May) and Spotted Flycatcher (Weybread Mill, 12 May) of the year were reported. An adult Grey Wagtail was seen feeding a juvenile at Worlingham, 6 May. Cuckoos were noted at Lopham Fen (two), 7 May, Worlingham Marshes, 8 May, Castle Marsh, North Cove, 10 May and Carlton Marshes (three), 12 May; Grasshopper Warblers at Lopham Fen, 7 May and Carlton Marshes (two), 8 May and Cetti’s Warblers at Lopham Fen, 7 May and Carlton Marshes (three), 10 May. Also recorded at Carlton Marshes were a Kingfisher, 6 May, four Yellow Wagtails, 10 May and a Stonechat, 12 May.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included six Whimbrels and a Redshank, 6 May, three Ruff and a Common Sandpiper, 7 May, 28 Black-tailed Godwits, 8 May and nine Avocets and a Dunlin, 12 May, while at nearby Castle Marsh, North Cove, two Whimbrels and a Common Sandpiper were present on 10 May.

Red Kites were reported from Broome, 6 May, Belton and Harleston, 7 May and Carlton Marshes, 9 May and Hobbies from Lopham Fen and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 7 May, Carlton Marshes (three), 8 May and Castle Marsh (two), 10 May. A count of 12 Buzzards was made at Carlton Marshes, 6 May. Finally, Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes (two) and Lopham Fen, 10 May.

 

29 April to 5 May 2018

29 April to 5 May 2018

The American Bittern was present at Carlton Marshes throughout the week and began ‘singing’ from 2 May onwards. A Glossy Ibis flew south over Breydon Water and landed in horse paddocks along Back Lane, Burgh Castle, 4 May and a Little Egret was noted at Carlton Marshes, 29 April.

A Pied Flycatcher was present along Fisher Row, Oulton, 4 May, eight Crossbills were seen at Fritton Lake, 4 May and Wheatears were noted at Barnby Marshes, 1 May and Carlton Marshes (three), 3 May. The first Garden Warbler of the year was recorded at Carlton Marshes, 2 May. A Grey Wagtail was seen at Bungay, 5 May and two Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen, 2 May. Yellow Wagtails were noted at Burgh Castle (20), 29 April and Carlton Marshes (four), 2 May; Cuckoos at Castle Marsh, North Cove (two), 1 May, Lopham Fen and Oulton Marshes, 2 May, Carlton Marshes (four), 4 May and Beccles Marshes (three) and St Olaves, 5 May; Grasshopper Warblers at Oulton Marshes (two), Carlton Marshes (four) and Lopham Fen, 2 May and Beccles Marshes, 5 May; Cetti’s Warblers at Lopham Fen, 29 April, Oulton Marshes, 2 May, Carlton Marshes (two), 3 May and Beccles Marshes, 5 May and Kingfishers at Carlton Marshes, 29 April, Beccles Marshes, 4 May and Lopham Fen, 5 May.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Green Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit and five Redshanks, 29 April, a Common Sandpiper, 1 May, ten Avocets, 2 May, ten Snipe, 3 May, two Greenshanks, 4 May and five Whimbrel, 5 May, while at Burgh Castle Flats on 29 April waders included two Spotted Redshanks, three Greenshanks, four Avocets and 60 Black-tailed Godwits. A count of 48 Whimbrel was made at Castle Marsh, 3 May.

Single Red Kites were recorded at Wheatacre, 4 May and Carlton Marshes, 5 May, while Hobbies were noted at Castle Marsh (four) and Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe (two), 3 May, Oulton Marshes, 4 May and Lopham Fen (five) and Carlton Marshes (three), 5 May. An impressive 19 Buzzards were seen in the air together at Carlton Marshes, 5 May. Finally, Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes (three) and Lopham Fen, 2 May, Beccles Marshes, 4 May and Bungay, 5 May.

Photo of American Bittern © Jon Evans

 

22 to 28 April 2018

22 to 28 April 2018

The American Bittern at Carlton Marshes was seen daily through the week. Little Egrets were noted at Herringfleet Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes, 25 April.

The first Swifts of the year (a flock of six) were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 25 April. A Ring Ouzel was seen at Carlton Marshes, 22 April, with a Stonechat at the same site, 25 April and three Yellow Wagtails, 28 April. Wheatears were noted at Carlton Marshes (six), 25 April and Blundeston (two), 26 April; Cuckoos at Oulton Marshes (two), 22 April and Carlton Marshes (three), 26 April; Grasshopper Warblers at Oulton Marshes (two), 22 April and Carlton Marshes (three) and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 25 April and Cetti’s Warblers at Oulton Marshes (three) and Carlton Marshes, 22 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included three Ruff, 22 April, a Jack Snipe, 23 April, a Little Ringed Plover, 24 April, ten Avocets, a Greenshank, 11 Snipe and five Redshanks, 25 April, a Green Sandpiper, 26 April and 27 Whimbrel, 28 April. Elsewhere, a Green Sandpiper was seen at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe and four Redshanks at Oulton Marshes, 22 April and 19 Whimbrel at Castle Marsh, 25 April.

A male Hen Harrier flew over Carlton Marshes, 22 April and a Red Kite flew over the same site on 28 April. Hobbies were recorded at Somerleyton, 22 April, Castle Marsh, 25 April and Carlton Marshes, 27 April, with Short-eared Owls at Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 26 April and a Barn Owl noted at Carlton Marshes on the same day.

Photo of American Bittern © Jon Evans

 

15 to 21 April 2018

15 to 21 April 2018

The American Bittern was present at Carlton Marshes throughout the week. A Great White Egret flew north-east over Carlton Marshes, 19 April, a Crane flew west over Carlton Marshes, 20 April and a Little Egret was noted at Lopham Fen, 15 April.

An Osprey flew over Carlton Marshes, 19 April. The first Hobbies of the year were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 15 April and Oulton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 20 April. A male Hen Harrier flew over Carlton Marshes, 15 April and Red Kites were noted at Carlton and Oulton Marshes and five Buzzards at Belton, 18 April. A Short-eared Owl was hunting at Carlton Marshes, 21 April and Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes (three), 15 April, St James South Elmham (two), 16 April and Oulton Marshes, 21 April.

A male Redstart was seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 15 April, a Blue-headed Wagtail at Carlton Marshes, 18 April and Ring Ouzels at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 19 April and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 21 April. A Wheatear was present at Carlton Marshes, 15 April, five Yellow Wagtails at Carlton Marshes, 16 April and a Firecrest at Oulton Marshes, 21 April. The first Reed Warbler (Lopham Fen, 20 April) and Whitethroat (Carlton Marshes, 20 April) of the year were recorded during the week. Grasshopper Warblers were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 16 April, Carlton Marshes (four), 19 April and Lopham Fen, 20 April and Cuckoos at Carlton Marshes, 17 April, Lopham Fen, 18 April, Oulton Marshes, Redgrave Fen and Worlingham Marshes, 20 April and Castle Marsh and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 21 April. A Bearded Tit was noted at Aldeby, 15 April and a Lesser Redpoll at Lopham Fen, 16 April, while Cetti’s Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (eight) and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 21 April and Kingfishers at Worlingham Marshes, 15 April and Carlton Marshes and Redgrave Fen, 20 April.

A Garganey was present at Redgrave Fen, 20 and 21 April. The first Common Tern of year was noted at Carlton/Oulton Marshes, 15 April and two Mediterranean Gulls were seen at Carlton Marshes, 21 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included 40 Snipe, 15 April, two Whimbrel, 16 April, six Ruff, 18 April, a Dunlin, 20 April and eight Avocets, a Little Ringed Plover, two Greenshanks, four Black-tailed Godwits, a Curlew and ten Redshanks, 21 April, with eight Whimbrel noted at Castle Marsh, 21 April.

Photo of American Bittern © Jon Evans

 

8 to 14 April 2018

8 to 14 April 2018

The American Bittern was present throughout the week at Carlton Marshes. Two Cranes flew west over Carlton Marshes, 14 April, the Great White Egret at Oulton Marshes was present until 10 April and Little Egrets were noted at Outney Common, Bungay (three), 8 April and Carlton Marshes (three), 14 April.

A Whinchat was seen at Carlton Marshes, 13 April, with a Blue-headed Wagtail, a Tree Pipit and two Ring Ouzels noted at the same site the following day. The first Sand Martin (two, Carlton Marshes, 8 April); Sedge Warbler (Carlton Marshes, 8 April); Yellow Wagtail (three, Carlton Marshes, 9 April); Grasshopper Warbler (Carlton Marshes, 10 April, with another at Oulton Marshes, 14 April); House Martin (Carlton Marshes, 13 April); Wheatear (Carlton Marshes, 14 April, with another at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe on the same day); Cuckoo (Carlton Marshes, 14 April) and Lesser Whitethroat (Oulton, 14 April) of the year were all recorded during the week. A Brambling was noted at Worlingham and two Grey Wagtails at Outney Common, 8 April. Lesser Redpolls were recorded at Lopham Fen, 13 April and Carlton Marshes (13), 14 April, Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (five), 10 April and Oulton Marshes (two) and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 14 April and Kingfishers at Outney Common (two) and Carlton Marshes, 8 April and Beccles Marshes, 14 April.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included two Ruff, 9 April, two Jack Snipe, two Avocets, a Greenshank, 22 (Common) Snipe and a Woodcock, 10 April, two Whimbrel, 12 April, 23 Black-tailed Godwits, four Dunlin and 12 Redshanks, 13 April and a Little Ringed Plover, 14 April. At nearby Oulton Marshes, 20 Snipe and a Redshank were noted on 14 April.

Notable raptors at Carlton Marshes included a male Hen Harrier, 12 April and a Red Kite and eight Buzzards, 14 April, while elsewhere Red Kites were noted at St Olaves, 10 April and Ditchingham, 13 April. Barn Owls were reported from Outney Common, 8 April, Carlton Marshes (three), 10 April, Lopham Fen, 13 April and Beccles Common and Oulton Marshes, 14 April.

Finally, two Little Gulls flew over Outney Common, 8 April.

Photo of American Bittern © Jon Evans